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FBI Launches New Investigation of Clinton Foundation

by Countable | 1.11.18

What’s the story?

The Department of Justice has opened a new investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in "pay to play" politics during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

Why does it matter?

FBI Agents from Little Rock, Arkansas – where the foundation started – have taken the lead in the investigation.

According a report in The Hill:

"Officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes."

The probe may also look into "whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws."

Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian told The Hill that the probe wouldn’t distract the charity from its mission.

"Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false. None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people."

The Clinton Foundation is also being investigated as part of the DOJ’s Uranium One probe.

What do you think?

Is this investigation "politically motivated"? Or are you concerned about possible “pay to play” politics regardless of party? Hit Take Action and tell your reps how – or if – this investigation should proceed. Then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Ticktock
    01/11/2018
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    This is an issue that has been reviewed and rejected by the DOJ and the FBI previously. Trump is using government agencies to harass and possibly jail his political opponents. Trump is lowering our justice system to the level of Russia and some third world countries. This is another example of Trump’s authoritarian intentions and intent to rule the US as Putin does Russia. Trump and his cronies should be jailed.

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  • John
    01/11/2018
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    Oh good, another Clinton investigation pushed by the GOP. I wonder what they missed in the first half-dozen investigations over 8-10 years. Quit stroking 45’s delicate ego & pursue the 45/Russia crimes.

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  • Donna
    01/11/2018
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    As Americans, we should always be concerned when there is some sign of impropriety by any organization with access to the highest levels of our government. We are a nation of laws and no one is above them. That includes the president, the Trump Organization and its associates. When does that investigation start? The Clintons, their foundation and the Uranium One deal have been investigated more than anything else in the last twenty years with no evidence that any laws were broken. Each attempt has only wasted taxpayer money - of which we now have less thanks to the congressional giveaway last month. Has any new information been uncovered warranting these new investigations? Unfortunately, based on comments made by DJT and his sycophants in Congress, this appears to be politically motivated which is not something that used to happen in this nation of laws. Regardless of what you think of the Clintons (I am not a fan), the use of our judicial system to punish a political opponent for merely continuing to exist IS NOT NORMAL and should not be accepted as such. This is how Putin, Dutarte, Erdogan, Assad and all other autocrats operate. The fact that our government has failed to the point of allowing such actions is more than alarming. When will the American people wake up and realize not many in our government have the best interest of the republic at heart. They are interested only in gaining more power, lining their own pockets, serving their own interests and maintaining their perceived control. This is outrageous and should make every citizen angry beyond belief.

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  • Joanne
    01/11/2018
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    No one does "pay for play" better than our sitting president. His cabinet is proof of that. These allegations against Hillary Clinton have been examined over and over again. This is a diversion of a petty man who is under investigation. The time and money of the DOJ could be better spent figuring out a way of preventing foreign actors from interfering with our future elections.

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  • Rebecca
    01/11/2018
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    The investigation of the Clinton Foundation is clearly politically motivated. The FBI’s time would be far better spent investigating Russian interference in our elections, emoluments clause violations by the Trumps, and other actual crimes.

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  • Deirdre
    01/11/2018
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    This is a continuous attack against Hillary Clinton to try and draw attention away from trump and his family collusion with Russia. How many times and how much of our tax dollars are going toward this? It is a waste of our money. And that money should be used to impeach trump.

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  • OlderNWiser
    01/11/2018
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    With an admitted sexual assaulter as #45 who has a history of breaking the law, exploiting employees, defaulting on debts, and has suspicious connections to Russia while daily attempting to destroy constitutional rights —of course the FBI is investigating -– the Clintons.

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  • Mancos
    01/11/2018
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    Why are we wasting time and money on this when we have a President who has Mara Lago and other real estate holdings that exemplify “pay-to-play” defiantly right out in the open? The hypocrisy of the GOP is mind boggling.

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  • Karen
    01/11/2018
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    Again? This is the very definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Stop wasting taxpayer money.

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  • Hillary
    01/11/2018
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    Shame on you. When I think of the number of people receiving medicine for HIV and AIDS from this foundation that you are trying to destroy it makes me sick and ashamed of my government. She lost the election. I don’t like what we got instead but she lost and went on with her life. Quit using her to distract from the evil happenings behind the White House doors.

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  • George
    01/11/2018
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    I can only imagine how sore a loser Trump would have been, given that he is a ridiculously sore winner. To coin a phrase my Conservative friends used to try and rouse me after the election: “He won. Get over it!”

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  • Ureeka
    01/11/2018
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    The investigation into the Clinton Foundation is long overdue. Pay-for-play to provide access and preferential treatment to businesses and foreign government officials (Russia in particular) in exchange for foundation donations is a flagrant violation of law. This has to be dealt with regardless of anyone’s political dealings.

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  • Steve
    01/11/2018
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    Any politician with such said foundation should be open to investigation. When people claim it is politically motivated are just fooling themselves. Any foundation should be audited annually to keep honest people honest. I am sure the Clintons have “creative” accountants who know all the gray areas to cover their trail. The only way you will uncover any impropriety is if someone on the inside is willing to talk. Otherwise, none of us will have a clue of what actually happens behind the foundation doors!

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  • CombatVeteran
    01/11/2018
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    Good! Nobody is above the law. Nobody! For those saying it's "been investigated" before, it doesn't count when the investigating agency has been found to be corrupt.

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  • Christian
    01/11/2018
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    Will they do the same to Trump’s tax returns too?

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  • rjfreeman
    01/11/2018
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    Here we go AGAIN! The usual Trump- deflect deflect deflect. Ugh what an incredible waste of time AGAIN.

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  • Laura
    01/11/2018
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    Of course all foundations should be audited on a regular basis. Isn’t this the IRS’s job, not the FBI’s? However, it is clear that this particular investigation is politically motivated by Trump and the GOP. The Clinton’s have been investigated for over 25 years now and not much ado about nothing has been found. Will you stop investigating them when they are dead? You need to focus on the money laundering and the business relationships between the Trumps and Russia and the Kushners and Russia and anyone within the administration and Russia.

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  • Bernieorbust
    01/11/2018
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    Absolutely investigate. It’s already been proven the Steele dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC had a “special funding” arrangement with her during the primaries. We’re still waiting for a shred of hard evidence Trump colluded with the Russians and impacted the election. To that I reply #UraniumOne and the 500k Slick Willie Russian speaking fee weeks later. Anyone who thinks the CF, with access to billions of dollars worth of foreign donations while HRC was Secretary of State, is brainwashed. The CF is a money laundering, bribery clearing house. Nothing more. The problem will be finding investigators that aren’t in the Clinton’s back pockets. WAKE UP!

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  • Dave
    01/11/2018
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    I think all foundation, tax exempt, churches and political packs should be investigated! The people need to see how they are being miss lead by out side influences.

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  • Claude
    01/11/2018
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    Congress should investigate Trump foundation. Stop wasting money on investigating Clinton’s. This is kind of activity that dictator use

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